Books: The Brotherhood of Thieves
by Arnold Hinchliffe
London 1776 “Man is born free but is everywhere
in chains” (J-J Rousseau). In America the colonists
have just raised the flag of revolt while in France
the tottering ancien régime is nearing its end.
In London, magnificent and miserable London, a formidably
well-organised band of thieves led by Ne’er Hang
Jack, terrorise the wealthy, combining violence with
deep revolutionary convictions.
Masked by night among the people,
Monstrous rogues as all can see,
Till the cock crow from the steeple,
Time now to be free.
Into this lion’s den of tricksters, pickpockets, murderers
and highwaymen comes Nell, a beautiful young provincial girl
seeking her fortune…
This ballad opera, which works equally well as a play, tells
a heart-rending story of passion, fear, treachery, cunning
and idealism reminiscent of Brecht or Jean Genet at their
best. It is probably Arnold Hinchliffe’s finest dramatic
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